Service Dog Etiquette

  • Never pet, call, talk, feed, whistle to, or otherwise distract a service dog or dog in training. To do so can potentially injure a disabled handler and earn the dog a correction.
  • Ignore a service dog or puppy in training.  Remember, they are NOT pets; they are being trained to do a very important job.
  • If you feel you must pet a service dog or puppy in training, ask first.  Do not feel offended if the handler says no.  The dog (or handler) might be having a bad day, or might be in a hurry.
  • Train children to never pet a strange dog – ANY dog – without first asking permission.  Teach them to follow your lead.

Remember, a service dog is as vital to a person with disabilities as a wheelchair or cane.